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November 24, 2016: Outdoor Classroom Just a Start; Fundraising to fight the effects of time, provide for tomorrow.

November 24, 2016: Outdoor Classroom Just a Start;
Fundraising to fight the effects of time, provide for tomorrow.

By Sophia Wong.

On October 25th, Connaught Public School in Hintonburg kicked off a fundraising campaign to raise $180,000 to renew, revitalize, and green its schoolyard.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the first step in the schoolyard renewal: a new outdoor classroom in the kindergarten yard with enough seating for 25 children to allow teachers to take learning outside.

The new structure was built with funding contributions from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF), and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB).

But an outdoor classroom is only the first step. The play structure in the kindergarten yard is at the end of its 25-year life span and as the school board does not replace play structures, it will simply be removed if parent volunteers are unable to raise the funds to replace it. As well, due to encroaching development, the big yard for the children in Grades 1 to 6 has lost 80% of its tree canopy and will soon be towered over by a 13-storey apartment building.

We have much work to do take a schoolyard dominated by dust and concrete and turn it into a place that is green, fun and accessible. We will be reaching out to our community of parents, neighbouring residents, local businesses and corporations to help us achieve our fundraising goal.

More information can be found at http://connaughtschoolyardrenewal.ca , which is also where donations, eligible for tax receipts, can be made.

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Some of the Grats.

Photo Caption: Kindergarten students in Connaught Public School’s new outdoor classroom show some gratitude to donors helping with fundraising to aid in the renewal and greening of their schoolyard. Photo courtesy of Sophia Wong.

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